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Environment

COMMITTED TO SUSTAINABILITY AND CLIMATE ACTION

American Family Insurance recognizes climate change is causing broad environmental, social and economic impacts that put our customers, communities and industry at risk. In 2020, we signed the "We Are Still In" pledge, a commitment to meet to requirements laid out by the Paris Climate Accord, and encouraged other companies to do the same. We support the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement, which committed 197 countries, including the U.S., to work together to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by limiting greenhouse gas emissions and investing in renewable energy.

Goal One: Mitigate carbon emissions and adopt strategies to achieve carbon neutrality.

We believe it is our corporate responsibility to take climate action now through direct mitigation strategies. Our goal is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 – reducing and offsetting our corporate contributions to global climate change.

We’re committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing on-site renewable energy production and renewable energy purchased, diverting waste from the landfill and increasing water conservation.

Goal Two: Create, design and construct workplace environments that encourage employee health, well-being, productivity and resilience.

We intentionally design our offices and work spaces to enhance the well-being of our employees and to reflect our sustainability values.

We’re committed to sustainable land development, alternative and active transportation, and principles of LEED, WELL and FORTIFIED in the design and construction of owned and leased properties.

Goal Three: Build upon climate conversations, partnerships and actions that enhance adaptive enterprise capacity to respond to climate risks and impacts.

We are committed to leveraging our financial strength, resources and experience to catalyze climate conversations.

Through internal and external partnerships, we will challenge systemic barriers and position the enterprise for success in the low-carbon economy.

OUR DREAM FOR A ZERO-WASTE FUTURE

American Family Insurance has an ambitious goal to achieve zero waste by 2025 to help make a meaningful difference for our communities, our environment and the people we serve. When we responsibly manage our waste and reduce our environmental impact, we create healthier and safer communities – the places our employees and customers call home.

In 2020, we implemented centralized waste collection systems throughout our buildings, removing individual trash bins from employee desks and installing sorting stations in common areas. This change was an efficient way to put the power of recycling into the hands of our colleagues, empowering us as individuals to help our planet.


MANAGING OUR DIVERSE RESOURCES

We recognize our connection to the environment. Our goal is stewardship of our land resources to benefit a sustainable future for our employees, communities and customers.

American Family uses best practices in design, restoration and maintenance to manage our diverse land resources. We also partner with local universities, industry professionals and our own specialists to convert some areas into native lands, which helps protect wildlife, harnesses carbon underground and provides a natural environment for employees and customers. We're striving for 25% native landscape at our properties nationwide by 2030 and we're nearly halfway to meeting that goal.

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Residential households that could be powered by American Family’s 2020 renewable energy production for one year

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Reduction in Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions due to decreased facility energy use, fleet vehicle use and corporate jet use, compared to 2019.

ADDITIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES

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Ongoing Wildlife Management

American Family is proud to continue several wildlife programs, including management of Eastern Bluebird nesting boxes, bat boxes and monarch butterfly waystations, monitoring birds near building locations to help reduce collisions, providing habitat for grassland nesting animals, and more. 

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Innovation and Best Practices

Using best practices such as prescribed burns, invasive species control with traditional animal grazing as well as forestry mowing, we’ve effectively restored our national headquarters’ landscapes to their full potential. In partnership with the University of   Wisconsin-Madison we plan to study carbon storage on each of our land use types. And we’ve effectively mapped each of our sites to more effectively evaluate our asset management and inform decisions for future changes.

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Certifiably Sustainable

Sustainability was an important factor when designing our Spark building in downtown Madison, Wis. The state-of-the art building, completed in 2018, was recognized in 2020 by the United States Green Building Council for achieving Leadership in Environment, Energy and Design (LEED) v4.0 Gold Certification.

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Ongoing Wildlife Management

American Family is proud to continue several wildlife programs, including management of Eastern Bluebird nesting boxes, bat boxes and monarch butterfly waystations, monitoring birds near building locations to help reduce collisions, providing habitat for grassland nesting animals, and more. 


Innovation and Best Practices

Using best practices such as prescribed burns, invasive species control with traditional animal grazing as well as forestry mowing, we’ve effectively restored our national headquarters’ landscapes to their full potential. In partnership with the University of   Wisconsin-Madison we plan to study carbon storage on each of our land use types. And we’ve effectively mapped each of our sites to more effectively evaluate our asset management and inform decisions for future changes.


Certifiably Sustainable

Sustainability was an important factor when designing our Spark building in downtown Madison, Wis. The state-of-the art building, completed in 2018, was recognized by the United States Green Building Council for achieving Leadership in Environment, Energy and Design (LEED).


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